This morning, I finally had “Fake News” hit me right between the eyes.
For the record, I don’t go to Facebook to get my news. Never had, and after this, I most definitely never will.
If you’re a Facebook user, you’re accustomed to that column that appears centre right on your screen. I don’t typically read it but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t at least scan it.
And, for some reason this morning, I obviously had scanned it and saw the notice that Bruce Willis had passed away. What?
I looked at the source and didn’t recognize it as any news service that I’d ever used before. I did what any person should. I opened a new tab and went to CBC News because it would be a headline there. Nothing. I checked CTV News. Nothing. I checked Global News. Nothing.
It was very strange. Maybe Google would know. A search reveals this.
It’s an interesting read.
In my search at the news sites, there certainly was lots of news about issues that Facebook was having with a data breach.
I did spend a few moments refreshing my screen to see if I could make that fake news report come back but couldn’t. I wish I’d done a screen capture when I first saw it.
There’s lots of questions to be had here.
- How did this stuff start?
- What’s the point of it starting?
- How do we know that a news source verifies the content that it publishes?
- Was this actually a real news source?
- What does it take to get to the point where you get your content to appear in the news feed? Who validates them?
- Would I have been one of those who spread that news if I hadn’t double-checked things?
- In education, it’s more important than ever to teach each other techniques for verifying news.
I can see why a lot of people just back up and leave the service.
Should I join them?